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Table 9: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft Low-Cost Carriers Ranked by First Quarter 2007 Performance

Table 9: System Operating Expenses (excluding Regional Jet Contract) per Aircraft
Low-Cost Carriers
Ranked by First Quarter 2007 Performance

(Cost in Millions of Dollars Excluding Regional Jet Contract Expenses per Aircraft)

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2007 Rank Low-Cost 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Change
2002-2007
1 ATA 4.767 5.262 5.810 12.457 8.044 6.937 2.170
2 Frontier 3.952 3.738 4.627 4.391 5.311 5.492 1.540
3 America West 3.748 4.047 4.040 4.046 4.544 5.075 1.327
4 JetBlue 4.583 3.648 4.653 4.886 5.335 5.042 0.459
5 Spirit 3.446 4.028 4.145 4.309 4.451 4.569 1.123
6 Southwest 3.374 3.374 3.688 3.683 4.291 4.351 0.977
7 AirTran 2.797 2.772 3.166 3.473 4.031 3.867 1.070
  7-Carrier Average 3.590 3.658 4.008 4.419 4.574 4.608 1.018

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Form 41 Airline Financial Data